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International Conference on Soft Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometry and Applications to Trace Gas Analysis

FH Vorarlberg, Dornbirn, Austria, 18th – 20th September 2017

The first International Conference on Soft Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometry and Applications to Trace Gas Analysis took place in Dornbirn, Austria during the third week of September 2017. Although European dominated, this conference attracted delegates from as far afield as Japan and the USA, demonstrating its truly international spirit. The audience contained delegates from universities, research institutes, governmental organisations and commercial companies, and from many different disciplines, which highlights the diversity of activities and the need for an all-encompassing meeting such as this.

This conference dealt with the use of ions as analytical probes to various environments and was predominantly based on, but not restricted to, the emerging technologies of Ion Mobility Spectrometry, Proton Transfer Reaction, Selected Reagent Ion and Selected Ion Flow Mass Spectrometries, which are fast becoming the technologies of choice for the real-time and rapid detection of chemicals in low concentrations.

Other conferences associated with soft chemical ionisation techniques have focused on one particular analytical instrument, for examples the biannual international conferences on proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry and ion mobility spectrometry. This was the first meeting of its kind that provided a forum for discussions on fundamental research, applications and developments dealing with a broader range of soft chemical ionisation techniques used in different sectors and different disciplines. This meeting facilitated collaborations across disciplines and sectors to improve the exploitation of novel concepts between disciplines and technologies, provide greater cohesion in the Soft Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometry community, stimulate the exchange of ideas and expertise, and broaden opportunities for the use Soft Chemical Ionisation Techniques.